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Jewell Storment Gruenkemeyer - 8/1/2015

Jewell Storment Gruenkemeyer

Jewell Storment Gruenkemeyer passed peacefully at Salem Township Hospital with family at her side.  She was a lifelong resident of Salem and member of the Grace Methodist Church she loved the community and its people.  She thoroughly enjoyed life to its fullest by going and doing with family and friends.  When not on the go she was always planning the next trip or event. She enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and vacationing at Perry’s Resort in Daytona Beach with the love of her life, Louie, and friends, the Sweney's, Duncan's, Garner's, Jones', and Perry's were her favorites.  Jewell had such a special interest in all her family, especially grandchildren and great grandchildren.  No one was missed when it came to birthdays, Christmas, or special events.  With growing up in the Salem Firehouse, her father being Fire Chief and later her son, she maintained a keen interest in the Fire Department to the end.  She spent many years as a bookkeeper for Fear and Duncan Oil Company from which she ultimately retired.

As per her wishes, Jewell will be cremated and a celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 1 at Grace United Methodist Church in Salem, with Michael Ebersohl presiding.  The family will greet friends at 10 AM at the church. Burial will follow at East Lawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church or Salem Fire Protection District.  The Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and memorials may be left with the funeral home.  

She is survived by children – James T. Somer of Salem, Mary Jan England and husband William England of Crocker, MO, Candy Tate of Mattoon, IL, Greg Gruenkemeyer and wife Rae of Salem, and Kent Gruenkemeyer and wife Martha of Salem; Grandchildren – James Robert Somer and life companion Samantha Hudson of Land o Lakes Florida, Elisabeth Somer-Murray and husband Brian of Noblesville, IN, Shawn England and wife Wendy England, Prescott, AR,  Julie Cochran and husband Robert Cochran, Iberia, MO, Keri Frehse and husband William Frehse, Crocker, MO, Nicholas England and wife Chasity, Iberia, MO, Cody England and wife Julie England, Iberia, MO, Colt England, Iberia MO, Bart Tate, Highland IL, Kyle Gruenkemeyer and wife Katie, Imperial MO, Kacy Gruenekemeyer, Des Moines, IA, Evan Gruenkemeyer and wife Kaysie, Edwardsville, IL;  15 great grand children, 1 great great grand child, sister-in-law – Willadeen Storment, special friend Ann Somer-Hanson.

Jewell Storment Gruenkemeyer was born December 15, 1925 in Salem, IL to Herschel Young Storment and Helen Eaton Storment.  She married Louis Gruenkemeyer November 22nd, 1973 and he preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by brother: Jack Storment; sister:  Jane Jenkins, parents:  Herschel and Helen Storment and step son-in-law:  David Tate. 

Brenda Carol Webster - 7/11/2015

Brenda Carol Webster

Brenda Carol Webster, age 66, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away Friday, June 26, 2015 at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. Brenda was a warranty administrator at a Ford dealership.  She was a member of Southwest Christian Church, was a Master Seamstress, had a passion for cooking and loved spending time with her family.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 12:00 P.M. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Southwest Christian Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Mr. Randy Steele presiding.  For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Southwest Christian Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com 
for further information and to send condolences.

Brenda Webster is survived by 4 daughters - Tammy Soule and husband Ed of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Marie Pugh and husband Johnny of Jackson, Tennessee, Brandy Jones and husband Josh of Eldorado, Illinois, Kim Phipps and husband Kyle of Henderson, Kentucky; 12 grandchildren - Andrew, Jenifer, Cotie, Kati, Sheena, Jonathan, Maria, Tralanna, Valissi, Alexandria, Xander and Brendan; brother - Dale Andrew and wife Marie of Southern Illinois;  4 great grandchildren, several nieces, and nephews also survive.

Brenda Webster was born Wednesday, August 4, 1948 in Madison, Indiana daughter of Uhel Clarence and Helen Andrew.  Her parents and one infant sister preceded her in death.

Waunita K. Cohlmeyer - 7/2/2015

Waunita K. Cohlmeyer, 74, of Salem, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Mrs. Cholmeyer was a homemaker. She loved dogs and shopping. Waunita took good care of her family.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Deadmond Cemetery in Sandoval.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Centralia Humane Society or to the donor's choice.  Condolences and memories of Waunita may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com, or on the funeral home's Facebook page. Day Macz Funeral Homes in Sandoval is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband Jack Cohlmeyer of Salem; son James Cohlmeyer and wife Nancy of Rockford; daughter Donna J. Cohlmeyer of Kell; grandchildren Brandy Vaupel and husband John, Richard Cohlmeyer and wife Lenore, April Cohlmeyer and Baylee Cohlmeyer; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson;  mother Wanda Panzau of Odin; brothers Robert Redman and wife Lisa of Central City and Frank Redman and wife Debbie of Odin; sisters Nancy Tate and husband Steve of Centralia, Penny Sprehe and husband Gary of Centralia and Brenda Redman of Odin; and several nieces and nephews.

She was born on May 11, 1941 the daughter of Walter B. Sanders and Wanda (Farthing) Panzau in Centralia. She married Jack M. Cohlmeyer on September 5, 1959 in Irvington.  Waunita was preceded in death by her father Walter B. Sanders.

Gertrude A. O'Connell - 7/2/2015

Gertrude A. O'Connell

Gertrude A. O'Connell, age 85, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at her home in Mount Vernon. Gertrude was sales manager for the Rod and Gun Club in Dover, Delaware.  She later worked for Omar Aviation in Chesterfield, Missouri and was a member of St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon.

Celebration of Life Memoral Mass will be held at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois with The Very Reverend Father John Iffert.  A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 2:00 P.M. until Service Time 3:00 P.M. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  Interment of Ashes will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Saint Louis, Missouri at 9:00 A.M. Friday, July 3, 2015.  For those who wish, memorials may be given to the St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to Angels on Assignment and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.

Gertrude A. O'Connell is survived by 4 children - Gael O’Connell of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Katherine Newnam and husband Stan of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Eugene O’Connell, II and wife May of Palmdale, California, Robin M. O’Connell of De Soto, Missouri;  4 grandchildren - Kyle Newnam and wife Roberta of Clinton, Illinois, Tanya McCarty and husband Mike of Muscatine, Iowa, Douglas Morgan, Jr. of De Soto, Missouri, Jessie O’Connell of Palmdale, California;  3 great grandchildren - Theodore Newnam, Katherine Franker and John Newnam;  Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.  

Gertrude O'Connell was born Saturday, May 11, 1929 in Elgin, Illinois daughter of Frank and Amelia Bebar.  She married Eugene F. "Gene" O'Connell on September 15, 1951 in Aurora, Illinois and he preceded her in death on May 30, 2014.  She married Eugene F. "Gene" O'Connell on September 15, 1951 in Aurora, Illinois and he preceded her in death on May 30, 2014.

Gary Ray Oliver - 7/2/2015

Gary Ray Oliver

Gary Ray Oliver,70 of Lenoir, NC died June 29, 2015 at his home.  Gary had a passion for race car driving.  He formerly owned a race track in Rock Island and a career selling racing equipment.  Growing up  in Ashley, he attended both Ashley Grade and High Schools.  He served in the United States Navy.

There will be no public visitation or service.  Burial will be private.  Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Ashley and will be accepted by the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem.

Surviving him is his mother, Leona Oliver Meader of Salem.  Also his daughters, Nancy Oliver of Bettendorf, Iowa, Crissy Roberts and husband William of Kings Mountain, NC and grandchildren Tiffany, Trevor and Kane.  In addition, he is survived by his sisters, Sharon K. Woodward and husband Roy of Salem and Karen Winkler and husband Steve of Dix.  Also many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was born July 12, 1944 in Centralia, the son of Raymond and Leona (Payne) Oliver.  In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his father Raymond Oliver, his step-father, Ernest "Ernie" Meador, and one grandson, Chad Hill.

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